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  • Shannon Crocker MSc RD

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake

Anyone else tired of pumpkin recipes yet? No? Me either. Good thing ‘cause you won’t want to miss this one! There’s no cinnamon in sight, so it’s a little different from the pumpkin spice everything that’s out in the recipe-verse right now.

Nutritionally speaking, pumpkin is nutrient-rich, filled with:

  • Vitamins, like heart-loving beta-carotene and vitamin C.

  • Minerals, such as potassium, needed for healthy blood pressure.

  • Fibre, for satiety and regularity (ahem, in the bathroom department).

All this, plus it’s low in calories.

But before you get excited and drink all the pumpkin spice lattes, muffins and loafs or eat the entire pan of pumpkin snack cake below, know that to get potential benefits you’re better off to eat pumpkin as it is, roasted (try that on a salad), mashed with spicy curry seasonings, or pureed in a soup, but not added to dessert.

So, why bother making this snack cake then? Well, it is a healthy-ish version of chocolate snacking cake. And, you will get some nutrients from the pumpkin along with your cake. But, mostly, it’s damn delicious. Enjoy!

Vibrantly Yours,


Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Snacking Cake

Say hello to rich, dark and delicious. This chocolate-y snack cake is super moist thanks to the pumpkin puree – which you wouldn’t even know is in here if I didn’t tell you. It’s the perfect #nonpumpkinspice pumpkin snack cake ever!

Makes: 16 snack-size pieces


3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

1/2 cup almond butter

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/chopped dark chocolate

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp sea salt

How To Make

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9” X 9” baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until smooth (about 30 seconds).

3. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30 - 33 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Note: 33 minutes? Yep! 35 will be two minutes too long, trust me! It may look less baked in the middle, but that’s okay, in fact, that just means it will be super moist and yumm-a-licious!

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